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History Center will host annual Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures


Nearly 1,500 visitors will bring their most prized possessions to the Senator John Heinz History Center and meet with professional appraisers at the sixth annual Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures event with KDKA-TV on Sunday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Nearly 40 appraisers, including experts from Christie’s, the world’s largest fine arts auction house, will assess the historical significance of visitors’ items and provide a verbal assessment of potential monetary value.

KDKA-TV’s Dave Crawley, Kimberly Gill, and Mary Robb Jackson will roam the History Center seeking the most interesting items for interviews. The most unique items will be featured as part of special 30 minute programs on KDKA-TV later this year, hosted by KDKA’s Ken Rice and History Center President and CEO Andy Masich.

Appraisers at the Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures event have expert knowledge on a variety of antique items, including books, china, Civil War militaria, coins, collectibles, furniture, glass, jewelry, musical instruments, paintings, photographs, quilts, silver, sports memorabilia, toys, and much more.

In addition to appraisals, professional conservators at the Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures event will provide tips on how to preserve visitors’ items, including conservation experts from the Smithsonian Institution.

In conjunction with the History Center’s new Pennsylvania’s Civil War exhibition, several Civil War-themed re-enactors, including Clara Barton and Union Army soldiers from the 9th Pennsylvania regiment, will roam the museum throughout the day and interact with visitors.

During the Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures event on Aug. 25, History Center members will be allowed to enter the event at 9 a.m., one hour before the museum opens to the public, to attend a special “members only” appraisal session. During this session, History Center members will have access to a fast-track line that will expedite their opportunity to meet with professional appraisers and conservators.

The Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures event is free for History Center members and included with regular admission for non-members: $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (age 62+), $6 for students and children (age 6-17), and free for children (age 5 and under).

For more information about becoming a History Center member, contact Shirley Gaudette at 412-454-6436 or Representatives from the History Center’s membership department will also be on hand throughout the event.


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